Mind you I've only spent a day playing around and installing ML. Trying with a new board in the next week or so the GB H77N mini-itx so I might have some better luck. You'd think so Just because a 'working' kext makes the name pop up doesn't mean it will do the advanced features. Working and fully functional are 2 very different things. Out of curiosity, what are you using to test the discrete channels? The only other thing I can think of right now is to test it under As for Creative Labs, I gave up on them years ago after wasting too much time with their products. There was a time when on-board sound was sub-standard, but that's a while ago - especially since digital connections came out.
The real selling point of an external sound card now is you don't have to worry about stray voltage giving hisses or other interference on the mother board affecting when you're recording something via the analog ports. I am confused now becuase we're talking about a couple different things. And whether we were talking about 5.
Are you getting any sound out of the X-Fi at all?
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Not a dealbreaker, but was expecting to have this feature. One person found this helpful.
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The soundcard of my laptop is dying and now has drop outs and muffled sound going in and out. This expresscard remedied my problem quite easily. I plugged it into my expresscard 34 slot on my laptop and it worked right away windows 10 , didn't even had to install a driver from the CD.
However when I accidentally pressed the "connect" button on the card thing went haywire: I guess the card tried to connect wirelessly to a Soundblaster base station which I don't have, which apparently causes severe problems. Fortunately by turning off the "connect" function you have to press the button for several seconds to do so everything went back to normal and the card has been functioning without problems since.
The basal white noise level seems quite high but not to a level that bothers me and otherwise the sound is fine. The volume output is higher than that of my original integrated sound card of my laptop. So as an replacement for my broken sound card this works very, very well. I wish the design of the card was different though: The card protrudes from the expresscard slot by over an inch, which keeps me from just leaving the card in the laptop permanently. Instead I have to take it out whenever I transport my laptop which is very frequently.
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The protrusion is also an eye sore. So overall I am very happy with this product, since it solved my problem without major problems and cost me about 10 bucks, however the design could be improved. I installed it on my new Dell Studio laptop Windows 7 x64bit and I couldn't manage to get this to work through the headphones jack. I've had this problem symptom before on another computer which was fixed by replacing the motherboard and I went ahead and disabled the The A band has been known to cause interference with computers' audio due to conflicting frequencies.
If you ever have a problem with your audio popping or being static-y, disable the I found that out a long time ago after fooling around with Technical Support for a few weeks on audio issues on an old computer. That being said, yes I did try this before replacing the mobo and that was not the problem. I do not believe in coincidences like this. My computer was working perfectly and as soon as I plug this problem-on-a-stick into my express slot, my mobo needs to be replaced. Remember, your computer won't always be under warranty. If you don't have warranty, do you really want to risk replacing your computer's motherboard mobo for dollars or more for a cheap 30 dollar express card?
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